American Heart Association: Having a Dog Linked to Healthier Hearts

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 10:30am
Close up of a pomeranian

Did you hear the latest great news about dogs? The American Heart Association said last week that adopting a dog may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

According to the American Heart Association, research shows that people with dogs might get more physical activity; having pets might be associated with lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and a lower incidence of obesity; and that pets can reduce the physical effects of stress.

Of course, dog people like us already had a hunch that dogs were great for our health! And we didn’t need any more reasons to adopt a dog—they’re wonderful for so many reasons—but this announcement comes as great news to us.

Missed this heartwarming news? Check out the New York Times blog post about dogs and your heart.